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Military Engages ISWAP Fighters In Geidam

Nigerian military troops engaged ISWAP terrorists at Geidam, Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria in a new attack on terrorists.

A group of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters Tuesday evening launched a daring attack on Geidam, Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.

Geidam, a Local Government Area in the north of Yobe is located near the border with Borno State and the Niger Republic.

Troops of 159 Battalion are deployed in Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole in Geidam.

HumAngle learned that the town residents had deserted the streets as the military is expected to secure the town.

Tuesday’s attack is coming a month after troops stationed in Geidam engaged in a fierce battle with insurgents who came in at least 10 gun trucks.

The insurgents were reported to have torched a house, several shops, carted away drugs from the General Hospital during the January attack.

A few days later,  ISWAP terrorists stormed Gujiba, another local government bordering Borno State and about 30 kilometres from Damaturu, Yobe State capital.

The insurgents ambushed a military team and burnt a primary school and construction work equipment in Gujiba.

In January, the Nigerian military launched an offensive codenamed Tura Takai Bango, a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole at the 27 Brigade Tactical Headquarters, Buni Gari in Gujiba.

Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (Boko Haram) and its splinter faction ISWAP have waged a bloody decade long insurgency that has led to over 30,000 deaths and displacement of more than 2.3 million people.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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